Year Planted: 2010 Trees Planted: 132,000 Location: Colorado
American Forests is teaming up with the Forest Service, local citizens and Colorado State University in the Burn Canyon Fire Reforestation project. The 33,000 acre Burn Canyon wildfire occurred in 2002 and is the biggest naturally-ignited fire in Colorados history. This project will continue the planting happening in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests by planting 151,000 Ponderosa pines this year on 11,400 acres. These locally grown seedlings are genetically-adapted seeds in order to ensure a higher success rate for these seedlings. Along with this the seedlings will be hand planted and covered with photo-degradable plastic tree shelters. This allows for limited disruption for the planting sites and protection against browsers. The reestablishment of these forested sites will improve wildlife habitat, watershed health, reduce erosion, and enhance the visual quality of the landscape.
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